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How Pick Pack Services Can Help Businesses Expand

by Administrator29. August 2014 15:32

How Pick Pack Services Can Help Businesses Expand | The Dependable Companies

 

As the economy grows, it is not uncommon for businesses to discover that the costs of expansion are not quite covered by the growth in commerce. Many companies find that the expense of some areas of business may be outsourced and the cost treated as a business expense. Third party logistics (3PL) providers can meet these needs by offering many different kinds of services related to supply chain management functions. Outsourcing warehousing services has become a common way for businesses to deal with the expense of storage, fulfillment, and the shipping of products. Pick pack services involve the portion of warehousing services involved in picking the orders and preparing them to be shipped.

Pick and pack services are generally provided by 3PL providers, but not all providers offer the same level of service. When looking for a provider to partner with, look at the services offered by the company and the technology they use. It is also a good idea to examine their client base to see if there are primarily large companies, small companies, or a good mix of each. Customer reviews can be helpful in analyzing the level of service provided, and you may even want to visit with some customers of the 3PL in order to get a better impression of the company.

Pricing from one 3PL company to the next may vary radically due to the different ways that they charge for storage, order fulfillment, shipping, receiving, and other fees. Since these services tend to have such complex and varied pricing systems, it may be beneficial to ask for a quote and talk to a representative about hidden fees. Above all it is critical to make sure prices are understood before committing to a contract.

Pick pack services can create avenues for expansion. Businesses that use 3PL services to fulfill supply chain functions can spend more of their energies and resources focusing on other areas such as customer service and advertising in order to maintain growth.

 

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Warehousing and Distribution Made Easy

by Administrator29. August 2014 15:14

Warehousing and Distribution Made Easy | the Dependable Companies


No matter the size of your business, warehousing and distribution needs are probably a factor in day-to-day operations. While such functions are vital for a business to thrive, some may not be equipped to handle these daily tasks in a reasonable way, due to lack of knowledge or preventable mistakes.

Fortunately, there are many companies that specialize in third party warehouse and distribution capabilities. These companies not only offer a physical space to store goods, they can also arrange for items to be transported where they need to go, as well as other services essential to keeping a supply chain moving.

Leave It to the Experts

Small companies in particular may have a hard time operating a warehouse on their own. Due to the many different elements involved in storing and shipping a product, costs can add up over time. By utilizing a company that specializes in warehousing and distribution, businesses of all sizes can save exorbitant amounts of money on costs typically associated with running a warehouse.

Maintaining a supply chain requires things like procuring warehouse space, purchasing and maintaining of vehicles used for transportation, as well as employing a staff. A third party provider performs the same functions for one fee. Not only does this save money, it also takes some of the guess work out of warehouse operations for companies that may not be as familiar with the process.

Customization Is Key

Dedicated logistics firms can also help a company customize warehouse operations. This can be important for a number of businesses which might require certain measures to ensure success. A company specializing in logistics will be able to provide input on these vital services, which may include suggestions on how to best streamline operations. This level of insight is absent when such tasks are performed in-house.

Warehousing and distribution should not be an impediment to success. The right company will work with you to determine your business’s exact needs, thereby saving money and improving operations.


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Using a Fulfillment Center to Safely Store, Package, and Ship Products

by Administrator29. August 2014 14:36

Using a Fulfillment Center to Safely Store, Package, and Ship Products | The Dependable Companies

 

There are many companies today which require the use of a fulfillment center/house. These centers are responsible for fulfilling obligations to send the companies they do business with a product that they have ordered. In order for these centers to be able to do this, they need to be able to store large quantities of product, receive orders as they come in, and package and ship the products to their clients, who can then sell these products to the everyday consumer.

Fulfillment centers will often have enormous storage facilities, which have all of the necessary equipment to safely store different kinds of product. Many companies need to store items that are perishable, and therefore require refrigeration. There are also companies that require storage of temperature sensitive items, which need either heating or air conditioning. Some of these items contain chemicals that can break down when they are exposed to either extreme heat or extreme cold. If the companies that were purchasing these items tried to store them on their own, it could be very costly. However, if they use companies that provide fulfillment services, it can be a lot cheaper. Centers that provide fulfillment services contract with many different companies, and they can storage costs evenly among them. This ensures that all of their customers will get a reasonable price.

Once an order comes in, these companies have workers who travel throughout the warehouse to find each item that needs to be prepared to ship. They will take the item from the warehouse shelves, and package them so they can be safely shipped to the next location. Some centers that deal with fulfillment will have their own shipping services, while others may contract with other courier services. Since these companies are shipping large quantities of items every day, they are often able to get bulk discounts with courier services. This will usually cut down on overall cost for the companies they contract with.

Fulfillment centers are equipped to store, package, and ship items that their customers need. They are able to do this effectively and efficiently, all while keeping costs to a minimum.

 

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3 Benefits of Southern California LTL

by Administrator27. August 2014 10:34

3 Benefits of Southern California LTL | The Dependable Companies

 

When your business endeavors require you to organize the transportation of goods, consider the many benefits of using a reliable Southern California LTL service. Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping refers to those shipments that do not require the use of an entire 48 foot or 53 foot trailer. There are many shipping companies that specialize in this service and some carriers that provide the shipping option along with full truckload services. How can you benefit by choosing a less than truckload carrier?

The main reason that businesses choose the LTL carrier is the comfortable cost of hiring just part of a truck. One trailer may be used to transport the goods of several businesses, so the total costs of renting the truck is divided among all of the businesses. Even when compared to parcel carriers, LTL carriers generally have better rates. In addition to the lower truck costs, optional options such as liftgate services, non-commercial services, and freeze protection may be less expensive through the LTL carrier.

For many businesses, it just does not make sense to wait until an entire truckload of products are ready to ship. Small businesses and those that do not produce large loads of shipments every day can find themselves at a disadvantage if they run half empty trucks or postpone shipments until the truck is full. Rather than running multiple stop truckloads, Southern California LTL companies may choose to operate on a pool program, meaning that shipments are gathered together at a central location for transfer to other trucks or where customers can come to retrieve their packages.

As the growth of e-commerce connects more customers to businesses, those small business owners can take advantage of the less than truckload option. For many of these home-based businesses, the thought of renting a full truck would be absurd.

Modern business publications recognize the benefits of using Southern California LTL services. A reliable transportation option can help small businesses to scale their businesses, especially periods of growth. The less than truckload option provides flexibility for companies and organizations with smaller shipping needs, and more control over their transportation costs. With so many benefits, LTL just makes sense.

 

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Los Angeles Logistics Companies Assist with Supply Chain Operations

by Administrator27. August 2014 10:13

Los Angeles Logistics Companies Assist with Supply Chain Operations | The Dependable Companies


A supply chain organization must engage in a wide range of operations in order to be successful. Such operations are overwhelming without a form of assistance, but Los Angeles logistics companies are able to help organizations manage everything from product transportation to storage.

When an organization needs to move a large number of products to another location, a logistics company has the resources to successfully transport them. Trucks can be easily procured to move materials over various distances. These trucks are usually equipped with features such as refrigeration, which allows products to be transported for longer periods of time. In addition, the use of satellite tracking guarantees that products safely reach their final destination.

While trucks are a suitable means of transportation, many supply chain organizations operate on an international level as well as a domestic one. Therefore, logistics companies also offer a wide range of air and ocean transportation options to their clients. They will coordinate all of the necessary documentation for the products being shipped and ensure that they arrive at their destination with no damages. Companies can even take the necessary stepsto transport materials that are considered oversized or potentially hazardous.

Los Angeles logistics companies provide more than just transportation services; they also offer organizations the option to store their products. Many companies possess expansive warehouses, so the amount of space an organization requires for its products does not matter. These locations are also equipped with features that allow materials to be stored for either short-term or long-term periods.

For a supply chain organization to operate smoothly, it needs assistance with transporting and storing its goods. Los Angeles logistics companies are more than capable of providing this type of service. They have the means to move products to a wide range of domestic and international locations, and they also have facilities that can accommodate a variety of materials. Running a supply chain organization may be a difficult process, but there are resources available that can ease frustrations and provide the necessary assistance.


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Finding Reliable Ocean Shipping Companies

by Administrator27. August 2014 09:57

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In the global supply chain, the longest journey a shipment will make is often the one that takes it overseas. Because of the distance and the storage space needed, many companies engage the services of ocean shipping companies, rather than air freight. When getting products to customers both promptly and in good condition is a high priority, finding a quality shipping service cannot be more important. Creating a relationship with a reliable company can be of benefit to both a business and its customers alike. With all the different shipping companies to choose from, picking the best can be a difficult task. However, with some precursory knowledge, the choice instantly becomes easier.

Many ocean shipping companies have large fleets that can provide many different services to clients. They are able to both import and export goods, from chips to toilet paper. Many also ship globally both to and from locations such as China, Hawaii, South America, Australia, and New Zealand, among others. Becoming a part of this global network may be just the boost a business needs. Wherever something needs to ship, the service should be able to get it there.

Many ocean shipping companies are part of a larger network and can provide further services as well. This includes warehousing, container drayage, logistics, and other forms of transportation such as by air, truck, or rail. A service that is so connected will be prepared to meet any needs a business may have. Clients may even be able to personalize their service with the elements they need, and leave out the ones they do not to streamline their budget. An experienced company can provide the accurate and efficient service any business needs.

Important cargo needs a reliable service accompanying it on the longest leg of its journey. And as many business owners can testify, every piece of cargo is extremely important. Overseas shipping companies are there to provide just such service, and finding the right fit for any business can be easy with some preparatory research. Going in with the knowledge of what you need is one of the most important first steps. Providing better service and getting more out of your budget at the same time is possible with an excellent shipping company.


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What Are NVOCC Companies?

by Administrator22. August 2014 16:14

What Are NVOCC Companies? | The Dependable Companies

 

NVOCC stands for Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier, and is one of many logistic options that your company has. One definition of NVOCC companies is that they are freight forwarders or shipment consolidators who do not necessarily own any vessels. These companies do function as a carrier by issuing their own air waybills or bills of lading and they assume responsibility for your shipments. What this basically boils down to is that if your logistics company does NVOCC services, you can sign the responsibility of your world-wide shipments over to them and get all the benefits of shipping with few of the worries. Since many of these types of companies also offer other logistics services, it is a good idea to find the one company which can handle all of your needs.

One of the biggest benefits to NVOCC companies is that they usually offer other logistics services as well. This means that you can use the same company for your LTL and FTL shipments that you use for shipping ocean freight. Let the logistics company worry about the how and you can just worry about the where and when. Using the same company for many different services can give you more personalized help because your contact within the company knows your needs about as well as you do. They can also advise you on how to set up all of your logistics needs and streamline your shipping and receiving processes. You can also usually find warehouse and distribution services from these companies.

NVOCC companies can be a big help in your logistics needs, especially when you need to ship ocean freight. You can let these companies take responsibility for your shipments and not have to deal directly with the ocean carriers. This can be especially useful if ocean freight is just one of your many logistic needs because many of these companies can also offer other types of shipping and logistics. With the right logistics company you can have all of your shipments delivered, distributed, and warehoused, regardless of where in the world they need to go.

 

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Tips for Finding the Right Logistics Companies in Los Angeles

by Administrator22. August 2014 16:05

Tips for Finding the Right Logistics Companies in Los Angeles | The Dependable Companies

 

If logistics is an important part of your business, then chances are that you are looking for logistics companies in Los Angeles to help you. There are many different companies out there that may fit your needs, so how do you narrow down your choices? By looking at the various services offered, the number of years’ experience, and where they operate, you can get a good feel for which company can help you the best.

Logistics companies can offer many different services from third-party, lighter than truckload, or even distribution services. The first trick is to determine what you need now and what you are likely to need in the near future. This will help you determine which companies can meet your needs for the long run. Sometimes you just need some help with everything, and the right logistics company can help you design your system from the bottom up.

Years of experience can be a big indicator that logistics companies in Los Angeles can help you plan better for the road ahead. These companies have been around long enough and seen enough that your situations will be familiar ground for them to cover. You also will have to worry less about your logistics company falling apart if they have already held it together for several years or decades.

The locations where your logistics company operates can be a huge deal for your business. For instance, if you are shipping to and from places all over the world, then you will want to make sure that the company you choose can help with logistics in those areas.

Choosing between logistics companies in Los Angeles can seem like a daunting task until you start to narrow your choices down by which ones can best fit your needs. It is a good idea to make sure that they offer all of the services that you are likely to need, have many years of operating experience, and that they operate in the areas where you will be shipping goods.

 

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How Can an LTL Carrier Help You?

by Administrator22. August 2014 15:54

How Can an LTL Carrier Help You? | The Dependable Companies

 

A LTL carrier, or a less than truckload carrier, can be a great benefit to your business because it can be cost effective, flexible, and easy to scale up or down. By going with a trusted and experienced carrier you can get all of these benefits and more for your company. Sometimes you can even take all of your shipping needs to the same logistics supplier and save yourself the headache of dealing with multiple contacts.

A less than truckload shipment can, in many cases, be much more cost effective than a full truckload. This is because you are not scrambling for the rest of a load so it can go out, you are not trying to negotiate with the shipping company to do a multiple stop load, and you can split the cost of the load with the other companies filling up the specific truck. All of this can add up to a less expensive load for you.

A LTL carrier can usually offer you more flexibility in your options than a company who only deals in full loads. This is because you can have them ship a certain amount of boxes this week and a different amount next week. It also means that you can have a better control over the pricing and delivery schedule than you would have with a full load.

It is relatively easy to scale up or down with this type of carrier because the load size is a bit more flexible. This means that if your ecommerce takes off this month after a long and dry spell, your logistics company can handle the bigger load size. It also means that if business slows down during the off-season, you can scale your loads back and not have to pay more.

The right LTL carrier for your company is one that can offer you all the benefits of LTL shipping, as well as help you with other needs. You can find companies who also offer FTL shipping, logistics planning, warehousing and distributing, and much more.

 

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Warehousing and Distribution: Recognizing the Steps to Efficiency

by Administrator19. August 2014 15:36

Warehousing and Distribution: Recognizing the Steps to Efficiency | The Dependable Companies

 

The success of just about any distribution company depends upon efficiency in the warehouse. These companies can take small steps in order to improve the success of warehousing and distribution efforts. Greater efficiency and an improved bottom line are often results of these small changes.

The first change to make is to implement a warehouse management system (WMS). This system offers the chance to track inventory and more accurately organize the delivery of customer orders. The number of expedited orders will be decreased and picking up products that have been shipped will be more convenient.

Another change worth making is to double check all orders. A mistake made anywhere along the line that results in sending out an order a second time can wind up costing the business more than twice as much as the original price of transportation. No matter how financially stable your business is, the cost of transportation mistakes are too much to handle.

Cluttered homes are often a source of great frustration: keys are hard to find, clothes stay dirty, and favorite cups go missing. A messy warehousing and distribution company presents similar problems. Shipments may become mislaid. Orders might go out late. Equipment could be damaged. Piles of junk can get in the way of employees as they try to complete their responsibilities. A clean warehouse improves efficiency and safety.

Along this line, establishing a logical organization to products and order can also improve efficiency in the warehouse. This will keep shipments out of the way, free up space, and make it easier to find orders.

One final change is to have senior employees spend a few minutes each day walking through the warehouse. The view from the floor can be a much different perspective than the view from the management chair. Within just a few minutes, an experienced employee can determine where setbacks are occurring and why, which routine behaviors are inefficient, and where improvements can be made.

Whether you handle your own warehousing or you are looking for a competent warehousing and distribution company, understanding how these changes can affect efficiency is important. Either you will make changes within your business or you will look for a company that already employs these measures.

 

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